News & Events in Hydrogen

Nanoparticle opens the door to clean-energy alternatives

June 2013

Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery. Research team members led by Raymond Schaak, a professor of chemistry at Penn State, have found that an important chemical reaction that generates hydrogen from water is effectively triggered -- or catalyzed -- by a nanoparticle made of nickel and phosphorus, two inexpensive elements that are abundant on Earth. The results of the research will be published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. More details and two photos are online at http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2013-news/Schaak6-2013.

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H2-USA Partnership

May 2013

David Danielson, the DOE’s Assistant Secretary for EERE announced the H2-USA partnership at the DOE’s 2013 Annual Merit Review. Current signatories of the partnership include the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association,  the American Gas Association; the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Association of Global Automakers; individual auto OEMs including American Honda Motor Corporation; BMW of North America; Chrysler; Ford; GM; Hyundai Kia Automotive Group; Mercedes-Benz USA; Nissan of N. America; Toyota N. America; Volkswagen; several industrial gas companies and fuel cell & electrolyzer companies. The lead signatory on the H2USA letter of understanding  is out-going Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu.

The preamble in the letter states that “Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been identified as one technology and fuel combination that offers tremendous promise in a portfolio of technologies required for a sustainable, clean energy future.  FCEVs can play a key role in an “all-of-the-above” strategy to provide vehicles that customers will want to buy; enable energy, environmental and economic security for the United Stations; and create jobs in an American-led clean energy industry.”

The letter goes on to say that “The mission of H2USA is to promote the commercial introduction and widespread adoption of FCEVs across America through the creation of a public-private partnership to overcome the hurdle of establishing hydrogen infrastructure.”

This is certainly a welcome shift in direction by the Department of Energy from four years ago.


27 New Hydrogen Stations Worldwide

March 2013

In 2012, 27 new hydrogen refueling stations were opened worldwide, bringing the number of hydrogen stations in service to a total of 208 by March 2013. That is the conclusion of the fifth annual assessment by H2stations.org, a site run by Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) and TÜV SÜD.

Eight of the new stations are in North America, three in Asia, and Europe has sixteen new stations, five of which are in Germany. These are the stations of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) project in Hamburg, Berlin and Dusseldorf. In March 2013, a hydrogen station also opened in Stuttgart and Germany thus currently has 33 hydrogen refueling stations in operation. Austria opened its third hydrogen refueling station in 2012 and Turkey celebrated its first hydrogen station.

To LBST’s best knowledge, there are currently a total of 80 operational stations in Europe, 76 in North America, three in South America and 49 in Asia. Since hydrogen-fuelled vehicles are generally early in the commercialization process and mainly being used in field tests and trials at the moment coordination with the station operators is required for use; classification of ‘public’ and ‘private’ gas stations is therefore not yet being made. More..